A HOUSING association has provided £4,000 in funding to support three food banks that are continuing to help people in need during the coronavirus upheaval.

Hambleton FoodShare, Influence Church and Community Works have all received money from Broadacres.

The three charities say the donations are well-timed because the number of food parcels being handed out have increased as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

At the same time, donations to the food banks in Northallerton and Thirsk have fallen due to many collection points now being closed because of lock-down measures, meaning people are less likely to be leaving their homes to drop-off supplies.

Chris Fawcett, Broadacres’ business transformation director, said: “We’re pleased to have been able to support these charities which are doing such an important job helping to provide emergency food parcels to people in our local communities.

“They are continuing to do this despite operating in the most challenging of circumstances at present and we would like to thank all the staff and volunteers for the amazing work they are doing.”

All three food banks say the best way of donating at present is online at hambletonfoodshare.org.uk influencechurch.co.uk and facebook.com/clockcharity/